Clean Air Plan consultation

Greater Manchester needs to take action to improve air quality now and for future generations. Air pollution is linked to a range of very serious health conditions and contributes to early deaths.

Government has directed us to introduce a Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone. It will bring harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) levels on local roads within legal limits in as short a time as possible. We’re also asking for more than £150m government funding support to encourage local businesses to upgrade to cleaner vehicles.

We have listened to residents and businesses while developing the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan. We are now consulting on key elements of the proposals, including the proposed Clean Air Zone boundary, daily charges for non-compliant vehicles, discounts and exemptions, and support funding.

Please read more about the proposals and take part in the consultation between Thursday 8 October and 23:59hrs Thursday 3 December 2020.

Talk to us

Due to government guidance around social distancing, and with public gatherings being limited, we’ve created a virtual engagement space which is open 24 hours a day during the consultation.

The virtual engagement area includes all the consultation materials and we’ll be running online drop-in sessions where you can ask questions about the proposals from your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Online sessions

Online sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams and you can sign up on the links below.

Drop in sessions

We are also be running live chat drop in sessions where anyone can ask questions about the proposals. The live chat times for this week and next are:

  • Monday 26 October: 1pm-4pm
  • Tuesday 27 October: 10am-1pm
  • Wednesday 28 October: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm
  • Thursday 29 October: 3pm-6pm
  • Friday 30 October: 10am-1pm
  • Saturday 31 October: 10am-1pm
  • Monday 2 November: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm
  • Tuesday 3 November: 3pm-6pm
  • Wednesday 4 November: 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 5 November: 10am-4pm
  • Friday 6 November: 10am-1pm
  • Sunday 8 November: 10am-1pm

Take part in the consultation

Anyone can take part in the consultation. Please share your views on the proposals to make our air cleaner and healthier for everyone. You can:

  • Fill out the questionnaire. This document provides a step by step guide on how you can use the Read Out Loud feature – a Text-to-Speech tool for PDFs – for the consultation document.
  • Email your feedback to
  • Give your feedback by phone on 0161 244 1100 (you will be forwarded through to our independent research organisation AECOM to submit your response)
  • Write/send a completed questionnaire to Freepost RUBS-XRAT-GLBK, AECOM, 1 New York Street, MANCHESTER, M1 4HD.

For further information, to request paper copies of the consultation document and questionnaire, or to ask for support in other languages, please call 0161 244 1100 or email

Website updates

21 October 2020: New live chat times added to the drop in sessions section

14 October 2020: British Sign Language versions of animations added to site.

14 October 2020: Minor alteration to wording within online questionnaire. HGV Leisure Vehicle (e.g. horsebox >3.5t)’ has been changed to ‘Leisure Vehicle over 3.5 tonnes (e.g. horsebox >3.5t)’.

13 October 2020: Link to screen-reader version added to online questionnaire.

9 October 2020: Minor formatting changes to several technical documents.

8 October 2020: Minor change to 'online sessions' section of Consultation page.

8 October 2020: Consultation and Clean Air Zone pages live.